In the AutoblogGreen Garage: 2009 Lexus GS450h

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Lexus GS450h

In the AutoblogGreen Garage: 2009 GS450h

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debuting the Prius just a decade ago, Toyota has gradually spreading its hybrid technology through its product including the Lexus brand. this year, Lexus be getting its first hybrid-only in the form of the HS250h but it’s hybrid sedan was actually the which went on sale as a model.

As with the LS600h we tried out a year ago. the is promoted by Toyota as option gives performance of a larger with the efficiency of a lower So, unlike the Prius which for the big mpg numbers, the Lexus hybrids more typical results for segments.

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At 190 from bumper to bumper, the GS has manageable dimensions and the 112.2 span between the axles plenty of room for passengers. the current third generation GS a fast-back profile that it has since the original debuted in This time around, it has the frumpiness that the last had thanks to a taller and shorter deck and bigger wheels give a sportier character to the

The GS has always been sort of an in the Lexus lineup from the original to the current generation is arguably the most attractive car in the While no one would accuse the new TL of copying the GS in its detailing, it’s certainly draws inspiration this car.

The obsidian black paint of the GS in the rare sunshine and frigid air accompanied its time in the ABG garage. As one expect of a car in this luxury our tester was very well even before adding All five seating positions lined in smooth black as were the sides and bottom of the wheel.

Unfortunately, leather been sitting in single temperatures overnight can draw the away from your very quickly, so the heated seats were a welcome It’s just too bad the heating were not added to the steering rim as well, making gloves until the interior warmed up. through the steering wheel, the are clear and legible.

Rather the usual flat black, the faces are done in a black metal finish that another unique visual

The seats themselves were comfortable but the side contouring feel as robust as that in the Toyota still has much to about seat design Honda. The layout of the center controls is fairly clean and especially when equipped the optional navigation system. that word optional.

that you can now buy portable navigation (albeit with a smaller than in dash units) for as as $100, the $1,500 tag for the nav option on a car shows that car companies make most of their on the up-sell. This is not an issue to Toyota, almost every does this.

Coming back to this one of the ways that Lexus up the interior is by hiding infrequently controls. When I first in I couldn’t find the side adjustment anywhere. Typically you this either at the left end of the or on the door panel.

I finally a button on the lower part of the end of the dash that lowers an control panel. Hidden are adjustments for the mirrors, mirror and parking assist on/off other things. Fortunately, the GS a memory that stores the of the steering wheel, seat and for up to three drivers.

In the back, the roof-line of the GS cuts into for taller passengers although six should still have of space. The passenger volume the axles is maximized so rear have plenty of leg room to out. In profile, it’s that the GS doesn’t have a overhang in the back.

That that even the non-hybrid GS have a huge trunk, a mere 12.7 cu ft. With the metal hydride battery up the back of the seat, trunk drops to only 10.6 in the

However, the GS450h is not made for cargo. If you need that, get an RX. The GS, its smaller sibling the IS, is more oriented. While Toyota-badged have been described by (yours truly included) as the personality of a typical refrigerator, the cannot be said of this

The winter weather limited the to really push the GS hard, but a little prodding going corners, this car felt more surefooted than Unlike its lesser corporate the turning the steering wheel in the GS not elicits some resistance, it seems to be in proportion to the forces generated between the front and the road surface.

Lexus GS450h

Like Toyota hybrids, the electronic variable transmission features a of electric/motor generators. Combined the 3.5L V6, the net output of the drivetrain is an 340 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. Although the sheet lists the torque as a rather high 4,800 the curve feels fat thanks to the motors.

The torque response feel quite as robust as the from German automakers, but the will never leaving you left behind either. claims 0-60 acceleration of 5.2 for the hybrid GS; that may be a tad optimistic, but is no doubt this is a quick

Over the unimproved cart that pass for most Michigan roads, the GS suspension rather tight with body roll. The hybrid standard with a driver adaptive damping system sport and comfort modes. I couldn’t really tell the

Regardless of mode, the suspension great on smoother roads, but the frost heaves and craters characterize this region, a more compliance would be in the comfort mode.

Since is a hybrid, readers of this might wonder how that of the car works. In short: very The on/off transitions of the engine very smooth for the most although there was an occasional noticeable.

Our experience with car showed yet again that and cold temperatures don’t mix Until the car and battery warmed up, wasn’t much assistance the electric part of the powertrain this car did seem to do better other hybrids we’ve in cold weather including the last winter.

Getting the GS to in electric only mode was but challenging. Off the line, anything but the touch of the throttle will the engine starting. Attempting to get the GS to in this fashion will frustrate the driver and those in cars being held up by the like behavior.

Avid need not apply for the GS. Once up to backing off on level ground can the engine to shut off at speeds into the upper thirties. however, this kind of was simply to irritating to be worthwhile. of the problem is that the GS, like Lexus models, is very and its actually quite difficult to audibly when the engine has off.

As a result, the driver has to keep an eye on the center screen or the small display in the cluster to try and discern EV mode is active, both of have safety implications.

the GS driver is better off to just get in the of driving sensibly most of the avoiding jack-rabbit starts and aggressive behavior. When a road does present the GS chassis is certainly up to the task of the commute entertaining and the combined of the hybrid drive system merging with freeway or passing on a two-lane effortless. this is actually quite a fun car to with ample room for adults and five in a pinch.

In of the hybrid badges however, you won’t get is stellar fuel After a week with the GS and spending a lot of time trying to the most of the hybrid drivetrain the best I could manage was 21 Admittedly the GS450h would do at least several mpg better in weather. However, in the environment I had to which was very similar to the during my drive of the Mercedes BlueTec. it was no contest.

The E320 29 mpg with much less on driving style and got well up the mid to upper 30s cruising on the highway. The the GS could manage for that was 20s. The Acura TL I drove fall averaged 20 mpg. the BMW 535d I drove last averaged 27 mpg. The GS450h at $56,400 and our example had a bottom of $63,675.

For comparison, the Acura TL SH-AWD out at $44,000 and the E320 at $58,345.

The may be marginally quicker than its conventional sibling. However, it a base price $11,000 than the conventional model and has the 25 mpg highway range. The hybrid the conventional model on the urban 22 mpg to 18 mpg, but its not clear how much of a world difference this make.

For an automaker, these of luxury hybrids seem to do for their green credentials, as as helping to subsidize the development of the technology for more mainstream like the Prius and Camry, actually providing much in the way of benefit in and of themselves. Having that, their existence help to make the mainstream more financially viable and probably a good thing. If in the market for a fine sports the GS is definitely worthy of consideration of which engine you opt for.

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Lexus GS450h
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